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Split Check - problems!

posted Oct 6, 2014, 12:17 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 6, 2014, 2:17 PM ]
6/10/14 Bee Group Meeting
Checked split for eggs but none in evidence!  On double checking the date of the split and counting forward, it is just possible that the queen has mated and is a bit slow to lay.  We should check again Sunday 12th and if there are no larvae then will need to requeen.

Also inspected the queenright hive and failed to find the queen or eggs or unsealed larvae! Perhaps marking the queen's wings has caused them to supercede her.

Faye and I went back later with a couple of surplus queen cells from my hive and added one to each hive.  Its very doubtful that these will hatch successfully as these are cells from the face of the comb (rather than hanging from the bottom) and were thus very difficult to cut out without damaging the larvae.  While we were there we discovered the previously marked pink winged queen on the ground in a clump of bees.  She was in extremely bedraggled state and was rejected when we placed her on the landing board.  This appears consistent with the hive having superceded her previously.

Some burr comb that was cut out of a frame drawn crookedly. The honey wasn't wasted - delicious!